Date: 30.11.2014, 20:00 CET
13th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Nuno Santos and Luis Enrique
The Spanish league has mostly been dominated by two clubs in all of its history, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Occasionally Valencia CF has managed to disrupt the big two and is the third best club historically, tomorrow night Valencia CF will be looking to disrupt FC Barcelona who've been exposed on more than one occasion this season that they are vulnerable.
The summer transfer window was significant for both clubs, but even more so for FC Barcelona who looked to rebuild after a poor season (for them) with no trophies. They brought in Luis Enrique who had previously managed the B team of Barcelona and who is a former Barcelona player, considered one of the best in the world in his time. He was brought in reinforcements in all positions so he could be able to challenge for trophies this season. Jeremy Mathieu transferred from Valencia CF to FC Barcelona for 20 million euros, basically Barcelona reaching his buyout clause in order to get him.
They brought in additional defender Vermaelen from Arsenal, lured Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla to their ranks to strengthen their midfield and brought in one the best players from that season to strengthen their attack, of course we are talking about Luis Suarez.
These were the brunt of their reinforcements, they brought a new right back as well and promoted few of the B team players to the first squad. With that Barcelona got to an amazing start to their season with clean sheet in over 7 games in the league, but unfortunately for them they were showing cracks in their armor which were exposed in the Uefa Champions league and of course a loss to direct title rivals Real Madrid stunned the team.
Since then they've recovered and unsurprisingly so it has been on the back of Lionel Messi who's improved his form and has started contributing a lot once again. They are coming into the match vs Valencia CF as the favorites and looking to secure a crucial win against a big rival and to continue to challenge Real Madrid for the title.
Valencia CF had a similar summer with lots of new arrivals and lots of departures from the team. The club brought in a new manager as well to try and develop a new team that is going to be able to challenge for titles in few years time.
Valencia CF also got to an amazing start to the season with both the defense and offense surprising with superb plays, rarely conceding goals and scoring 3 goals a piece almost every games. The last two games haven't been particularly good though, against Bilbao it was a draw and kind of good, but the last match against Levante the city rival Valencia CF surprisingly lost the match.
Now the team is going to be looking to bounce back and secure a victory over FC Barcelona and cement themselves as a real and serious title challenger. The team has the potential to surprise FC Barcelona with the counter attacks being particularly effective and through which Valencia CF can score goals.
Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel
Defenders: Barragan, Cancelo, Vezo, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya, Orban
Midfielders: Fuego, Parejo, Gomes, Cancelo, Felipe, Feghouli, Gil, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Paco, Moreno
Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Line-up: Diego; Barragan, Mustafi, Otamendi, Orban; Fuego, Gomes, Parejo, Gaya, Negredo, Moreno.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own third pressure, long passing, offside trap, deep laying defensive midfielder, counter attacks.